A new revolution in homeownership and living has been sweeping the booming cities of china this time the main actors on the social stage are not peasants migrants or working class proletariats but middle class professionals and entrepreneurs in search of a private paradise in a society now dominated by consumerism. She is the author of strangers in the city reconfigurations of space power and social networks within chinas floating population and in search of paradise middle class living in a chinese metropolis and is the coeditor with aihwa ong of privatizing china socialism from afar. In search of paradise middle class living in a chinese metropolis review karl gerth china review international volume 17 number 1 2010 pp 179 182 review. A new revolution in homeownership and living is sweeping through the booming chinese metropolises this time the main actors on the social stage are not peasants migrants or working class proletarians but middle class professionals and entrepreneurs in search of their private paradise in a society dominated by consumerism. In search of paradise middle class living in a chinese metropolis by li zhang price store arrives preparing in search of paradise is a deeply informed account of how the rise of private homeownership is reconfiguring urban space is a distinctive feature of the cultural politics of the middle classes in contemporary china
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